By Tyler Durden
Back in July we posted “What Keeps Mario Draghi Up At Night, And Why The European Depression Has A Ways To Go” in which we presented “Europe’s annual change in M3, alongside the far more important bank lending to the Euro area private sector. It is the latter which [then had] just dipped to a record low, indicating once more that Europe’s monetary transmission mechanism is not only clogged up (a rising M3 should have a favorable impact here) but hopelessly broken. In other words, it is the brown line in the chart below that is what is giving the ECB chairman nightmares, and is leading to such secondary effects as record high unemployment and negative GDP growth virtually across the entire Eurozone.” Needless to say, in a Keynesian a world in which credit growth and only credit growth leads to economic growth (see Ray Dalio for more), and in which the ECB is a net extractor of liquidity (and thus debt), this means that the European depression will simply get worse as soon as the current episode of foreign capital flows tapers out and the “current account” injectors realize that it was nothing but another case of greater fool risk-chasing in Europe.
- ECB Says Private Sector Loans Fell for a 16th Month – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Mario Draghi risks row with Germany over bank plan (telegraph.co.uk)
- ECB’s Draghi hints at another round of cheap loans (miamiherald.com)